If you are practising good oral hygiene, you are probably brushing your teeth twice a day. But did you know that this can be hindered by your toothbrush? Over time, the bristles of your toothbrush become worn down and less effective.
Toothbrushes don’t last forever. Like most objects that get used several times a day, they wear down fairly quickly. However, unlike worn and damaged clothes, it can be difficult to know when to replace an old toothbrush. In this post, we will look at why it is important to replace your toothbrush regularly and how often you should do this.
Importance Of Teeth Brushing
Brushing your teeth is a vital part of any oral hygiene routine and is one of the best forms of preventative dentistry. It removes plaque from the teeth and gums, which in turn reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day for around 2 minutes at a time is normally advised.
Why Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly?
The biggest reason for replacing your toothbrushes is that they can harbour bacteria and fungus between the bristles – making you sick.
If that is not enough to have you running to the store, there are also a number of other risks and uninviting issues involved with not replacing your toothbrush. This includes damage to your teeth, as the older the toothbrush the less effective they are at removing plaque and tartar.
When To Replace Your Tooth Brush
It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If left for longer, they will be ineffective in properly cleaning your teeth. It is also recommended that children’s toothbrushes be changed more regularly, as they brush more vigorously than adults.
Types Of Toothbrushes
There are two styles of toothbrushes to consider: manual and electric. What you choose is entirely up to you. Manual toothbrushes are the most affordable option. They are light and portable and give you complete control over the pressure of your teeth and gums.
An electric toothbrush is more costly but does a great job at cleaning between your teeth and on the gum line. Many modern electric toothbrushes feature sensors to make sure you brush long enough and don’t put too much pressure on your teeth.
Maintaining Your Toothbrush
No matter which type of toothbrush you use, it is crucial to keep it clean. After every use, it is important to thoroughly rinse your brush to remove any toothpaste and debris. Store them upright and allow them to air dry. It is best to avoid toothbrush covers, as storing them moist can promote bacterial growth.
Keep Your Teeth In Top Shape
In addition to replacing your toothbrush regularly, it is important to visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. This removes tartar buildup and plaque that brushing alone can not reach.